Why? Cleveland Starts Here!

The Cleveland History Center of the Western Reserve Historical Society just debuted a new permanent exhibit that focuses on the history of Cleveland.


Cleveland Starts Here takes visitors through Cleveland’s past, from agriculture to industry…


…from the sixth city to the mistake by the lake (and back again).

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There are bold, eye-catching pieces in the exhibit, like this Delorean…


…the old Chief Wahoo sign from Municipal Stadium…


…and this model of the Terminal Tower.


There are also interactive elements incorporating elements of Cleveland’s past to peek through, spin, and open that engage even the youngest visitors.

The exhibit also features a film about Cleveland, as well as a detailed historical timeline of Cleveland’s past.

The exhibit, housed in the Reinberger Auditorium, is a new focal point for the Cleveland History Center, as well as the only place in the city to get such a sweeping, beautiful, and comprehensive view of Cleveland’s history.

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Our city has so much to be proud of and to look forward to and the new Cleveland Starts Here exhibit brings that all together. It’s something every Clevelander should experience!

And to help you do just that, I have two admission passes to the Cleveland History Center, where you can take in not only the Cleveland Starts Here exhibit, but also the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel, and more.

Here’s how to enter to win (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment for each):

1.Leave a comment telling me your favorite moment in Cleveland history.

2. Visit Cleveland History Center and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @clestartshere and @WhyCLE on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Follow @clestartshere and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to check out the new Cleveland history exhibit at @clestartshere thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Saturday, December 9 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I am a member of the Western Reserve Historical Society. On my visit to the Cleveland Starts Here exhibit, I received two complimentary passes for a return visit, which I decided to give away here. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


6 Responses

  1. Destiny

    Not having grown up in Cleveland my Cleveland memory’s don’t go back more than 15 years. But my favorite is the Cavs winning the championship!

  2. Stephen

    I just heard about this today. I’m following you and @CleStartsHere on Twitter. I haven’t been here long enough to witness much Cleveland history, but I’d have to say my favorite in the past five years is a tossup between hosting a national political convention and the Cavs breaking the curse.

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